Northland Fans Discuss Vikings Stadium
Posted at: 11/27/2012 12:00 AM
| Updated at: 11/27/2012 11:18 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
With the location of the new Vikings stadium finally locked in, now the design of the stadium has everybody talking. The design team is touring the state and holding public forums to introduce design concepts to the fans. Tuesday night, Northland fans had their chance to weigh in.
"Be bold. Make it an iconic facility." That's what Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chair, Michele Kelm-Helgen, said many fans have told the design team.
The design team is a group effort. The MSFA, the team itself, and the architects, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, are working together to give the fans what they want.
"Our fans have let us know that they would like some ability to have a retractable feature," Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said.
A retractable feature, whether it be a roof, wall, or door, is a design element many fans would like to see. Multi-purpose use and building with Minnesota labor and materials are also concerns voiced by fans at the forum.
"Midwest sensibility, iconic, people's stadium, multi-purpose. Those are the kinds of things that have been ingrained in us," HKS architect John Hutchings said.
The next step in the process is finding a construction management company to implement the design, which will be decided later in December. The stadium budget is $975 million.